Grottes de Bétharram

Useful information

Location : Mountain

Province : Pays de Nay

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • Dutch spoken
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • German spoken
  • Groceries shop/ Food
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Seminar Room
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • The visited part of the caves covers 2.8 km with an impressive drop of 80 m. The underground course of the river is 3.5 km.

      The visitor enters the mountain through a natural opening: the upper part includes large rooms rich in concretions. The chasm connects this floor to that of the river. The lower part follows a natural fault, witness to the work of water.

      The visitor exits through an artificial tunnel dug from 1913 to 1924.

      The Bétharram Caves are located in two departments : one enters through the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and comes out through the Hautes-Pyrénées.

      Currently, visitors are welcomed on a large shaded car park with 500 spaces for passenger cars. A shuttle bus then takes them to the entrance to the caves located 2 km above.

      The Bétharram Caves are also a unique place. Open to the public in 1903, they offer a great diversity which makes it an essential place. Explore the interior beauty of the mountain and discover this series of caves on foot, by boat and by small train !

      After making the visit, the little train that transports them stops in front of a magnificent building built in 1924, one of the very first in France in reinforced concrete.

      In this hall, souvenirs, minerals, fossils and postcards are offered to the visitor.

      The underground circuit ends near the car and coach parking lot.

      OPENING DATES AND TIMES :

      February 11 to March 24

      • Monday to Thursday : visits at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
      • Friday : visit at 2:30 p.m.
      Groups by reservation Monday to Friday

      from March 25 to October 30

      • Open 7 days a week 7 with departures from regular visits
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (5 p.m. in September and October)

      July and August : continuous opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Duration of the visit : 1h20

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Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 2618 reviews

  • Isabelle R.

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Isabelle R. on 02/08/2020

    Great to have acces to this cave 1km below earth. I strongly recommend it

  • die.berta

    1 sur 5 Reviews posted by die.berta on 02/08/2020

    Got there and were told to enter the bus for entry into the cave...tickets were available after twee bus ride. After the bus dropped us two to three kilometers away, we hat to wait in queue for approx. 90 minutes to get a ticket. No information was given at all. Corona measures were a bad joke!

  • Simon Bartlett

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Simon Bartlett on 08/08/2019

    We enjoy visiting caves and had been looking forward to our visit here. Easy to find. Our Tour Guide Paul was excellent and patiently gave us explanations in English after he had given the explanation in French. The caves are very very extensive and impressive. The boat ride and train rides were great fun and something we had not experienced in a cave system before. Great gift shop and cafe.

Traveller Reviews

4.0 sur 5 931 reviews

  • "Lourdes 2019"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by ed M on 22/10/2019

    Nice place to visit close to the Sanctuaries. Stalactites and stalagmites plus an interesting train ride and a very short boat ride.

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  • "Worthwhile visit"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Trip27460 on 12/09/2019

    This was a really interesting place to visit, charming really and must have been a wonder during Victorian days when it opened. Would definately recommend visiting early to avoid the queues (we were...

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  • "EXCELLENT visit with Marius"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by SmartEd6 on 19/08/2019

    Nice to discover these caves with the excellent knowledge of the guide Marius, who was really interesting. Highly recommand.

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Chemin Leon Ross
65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre

GPS coordinates

43° 6'6.29"N, 0° 11'12.94"W

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